Friday, May 29, 2020

John Newton's prayer and mine

John Newton’s (1725-1807) words may be 200+ years old but they speak so beautifully and powerfully into our current situation. This is my prayer for myself and you my dear friends.
“I wish we may learn from all our changes, to be sober and watchful, not to rest in grace received, in experience or comforts, but still to be pressing forward, and never think ourselves either safe or happy, but when we are beholding the glory of Christ by the light of faith in the glass of the Gospel, to view him as God manifest in the flesh, as all in all in himself, and all in all for us; this cheering, this strengthening, this makes hard things easy, and better things sweet. This includes all I can wish for my dear friends, that you may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Jesus. To know him, is the shortest description of true grace; to know him better, is the surest mark of growth in grace; to know him perfectly, is eternal life. This is the prize of our high calling; the sum and substance of all we can desire or hope for is, to see him as he is, and to be like him: and to this honor and happiness he will surely bring all that love his name.”

Friday, May 15, 2020

Happy 9th Birthday Maddie!

Our Maddie girl turned 9 the other day! 
We surprised her with a little drive by quarantine birthday party. 

She was so embarrassed and excited at the same time.
She doesn't love being the center of attention but she loved seeing her friends and being celebrated.

Madelyn Joy, you are truly a ray of sunshine.
Christ's love shines brightly through you. 

You are kind and caring and love to have fun. 

Remember when Gamma used to call you the sassy one?
You are still 100% lively, bold and full of spirit and I love that about you.
You've still got some spice to you 
(I have no idea where you get that from)
but you have matured and grown so much in grace this past year.

You love music and really wanted to learn how to play the drums
but settled for the ukulele instead.
Thank you Jesus.
You also write the best songs! 

You are brave.
You like high speeds, 
climbing trees and
holding reptiles.

You are a wonderful big and little sister.
God knew what he was doing when he made you the middle child. 
I love the special bond you have with each of your siblings. 
You bring them together in a unique way. 

You are wise beyond your years.
You are often asking deep, heart felt questions I have never thought about.
You think deeply about the things of God 
and earnestly want to live a life that honors the Lord Jesus Christ.

You have a cheerful, tender heart and a sensitive conscience. 
You know when people need a kind word or a hug
and you give them out generously.

You seek adventure and find it. 
You love all things outdoorsy.
I'm pretty sure you will free climb a mountain one day or end up beating all the boys on the show Alone
You love to cuddle and spend alone time with Daddy and I. 
If we forget to ask our Highs and Lows of the day at dinner time 
you always remind us.

You radiate the joy of the Lord to those around you.
We love you so much and love watching you grow into a godly young lady!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hi old friend!

Hey guys! 
I can't believe it has been over 5 years since my blogging days abruptly ended (whoops). 
A lot has changed and not much has changed all at the same time. 
Life is funny like that.

We have all gotten bigger. 

Especially these guys.
As much as I miss the little years and am always trying to slow down time, having big kids is awesome.
These middle years have been such a joy.

I thought I'd jump back in by sharing 10 totally random things I have been loving lately.

1. The sweet smell of honeysuckle. 
These grow like a weed around our neighborhood and the smell is thick in the air when I go for a walk around our block. It literally stops me in my tracks and I breathe in as many breathes as I can. 

2. Emergency distance learning (EDL) has been a learning curve to say the least.
Things have not been all sugar and spice. 
There have been a lot of really hard days trying to figure out this new way of learning and learning how to learn with 6 people in a shared space. 
Am I the only one whose home felt instantly smaller once quarantine kicked in?
There have also been so many sweet moments because of EDL. 
I love the slower pace of our day and the freedom (and time!) to add in so many other shared learning opportunities. 
When we heard the schools were closing I ran to the library (which thankfully was still open) and checked out a bunch of read aloud books. 
Caddie Woodlawn was the first one we started and it been the perfect book for our family in this season.
It's the story of a big family that lives in the countryside and is full of adventure and moments that will make you laugh one minute and then want to cry the next. 
We have one chapter left and I'm sad for it to end. 
Any suggestions on what we should read next?

3. I didn't grow up singing hymns and I didn't know what I was missing.
Last year I stumbled upon Happy Hymnody and it has been such a blessing!
Hymns are full of such rich and sweet theology. 
We have had so much fun learning a new hymn and the background behind it each month. 


We have baked a lot of things during quarantine and this is by far my favorite.
It's like having Wetzel's pretzel bites at home.  
Heat up some Tostitos queso to dip them in and thank me later.
My pants are happy we ran out of rapid rise yeast because we may have been making them every day.

5. I'm not a big online shopper but there is one online shop I love.
All of my favorite clothes are from Carly Jean Los Angeles.
They have cute, affordable, good quality clothes that make me look way more put together than I really am. 
They also introduced me to my favorite hat ever!

6. It's loquat season!
mmmmm
Thank you to all of our friends who have let us raid their trees.
Have you ever tried a loquat?

7. The Puritans knew how to pray.
I've got a lot to learn and they have been great teachers. 
I'm so thankful for the compilation of Puritan prayers in the "Valley of Vision" and "Piercing Heaven" that so often put eloquent words to the thoughts of my heart.

8. My baby lost his baby front teeth and looks like a big kid now.
I'm not crying, you're crying.

9. We are living in a dark time. 
I've been so encouraged by David Platt's "Pray the Word" podcast this year.
A few days ago he prayed for people who are contemplating suicide.
Maybe someone who is reading this has been there before or is there right now. 
If that's you please listen to this

Corrie ten Boom said, “There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still."

Friends, there is hope in Christ. 

If you need a friend to listen to or someone to pray for you please send me an email.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Alaska

Aaron and I got to go to Alaska. 
Alone. 
For 8 days! 
I know, we were freaking out too. 
It was so weird and so awesome and so quiet with just us adults. 
(We totally missed the kids like crazy, but you guys already know that)
We started off the trip with a day and a half in Seattle.
We were super spoiled with hot, sunny weather and the best tour guide around (my cousin Dave and his wife Amy).
We loved Seattle. So many cool spots to see and eat at. 
And then we set sail for our week cruise to Alaska which was a trip Aaron earned through his work.
We sailed on Princess and stopped in Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria (Canada).  
Alaska was amazing. 
Aaron and I have been all over the world and I can honestly say Alaska is like no where else I have ever been.
It seems so untouched and raw. 
And green and fresh and beautiful. 
If it had a Target and didn't get so cold I might have been lured into living there. 
View from our hike in Juneau
One of the things that was so crazy to me was how late the sun went down. This was the view at almost 11:00 pm. 
Wow. Just wow.
Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau
The White Pass Rail, Skagway
a peek into the port from one of our hikes
Where's Waldo...I mean Aaron?
One of my favorite parts of the trip was sailing through Glacier Bay.
The glaciers totally showed off for us while we were there.
We saw and heard lots of "white thunder" when large chunks of ice break off the glacier and fall into the ocean. 
So cool.
It was freezing but worth it. 
 Ketchikan was another really cute and quaint town. 
One of my friends actually grew up here. 
How cool is that?
And our last stop was to Victoria which I loved!
It totally reminded me of Europe just a whole lot closer.
I can't wait to go back and spend more time there in the future.

We also got to see tons of wildlife. 
Lots and lots of whales, bald eagles, seals, dolphins and even a grizzly bear (from far away...which I was thankful for). The only thing we missed were the orcas. 

All in all it was an amazing trip that we felt so blessed to go on, but by the end of the 8 days we were so ready to get home to our babies. 
They had so much fun with our friends and family while we were gone (a big, big hug to those people who entered into our crazy life while we were away and held down the fort) but they were ready for us to be home too.
And I got a fresh reminder how full and sweet life with the 6 of us is. 
Crazy to be sure, but absolutely blessed to the fullest.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer!!!

It's summer!!
Hallelujah!
I don't think I have ever anticipated a summer as much as this one.
I love my kid's school but I seriously miss them when they are gone. 
Oh and the lunches. I hate packing lunches every day. 
And homework. Not a fan of that either.
But mostly I'm excited to have them all with me every day and to go on adventures together.
Lots of adventures.
See the summer list. 
It might be a little ambitious but I think we can do it.
So far our first week of summer has been awesome.
We have been to the pool, beach or lake almost every day and all my kids are tanner than me.
I know it's only just started and in a few months I'm sure I'll be ready to be back in the groove of school again but for now all I can think is, "SUMMER FOREVER!"

How's your summer going so far?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day picture

I told my kids for Mother's Day I wanted a good picture of them.
together. 
with the real camera. 

Most of my attempts looked like
this

or this.

But eventually with lots of bribery, some patience and a roaring dinosaur I got these gems. 


My loves. 
Being a mom is the very best. 

Hope all you Mommas had a Happy Mother's Day! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hey there strangers

Hey strangers!
How have you guys been? 
I feel like we just need to grab a cup of coffee and sit down and catch up on life. 
Here's a little recap of what the Sellars' have been up to. 

The past few weeks were spent packing.
and packing and packing and packing and...

moving!! 
Literally just a half mile away from our own house so super close but still moving.
Remind me never to move again. 
At least for a long, long time.  

Our new house has lots of great things we love. 
Like an extra bedroom and these beauties. 

I love spring but I'm counting down the days until all I have to wash are bathing suits. 
#isitsummeryet
Also I'm totally the worst end of school year mom ever right now. 
If you haven't read Jen's post about it you.have.to. 
Click the link above and die laughing.
It's just so true.  

When Daddy's gone we eat breakfast for dinner. 
Heck who am I kidding. 
Lately my kids have been eating cereal for lunch.
Most days.
Don't worry. 
Sometimes I add in a green smoothie too.  

Adventures in the big boy bed. 
or not. 

Little love birds. 
This will be in their wedding slide show one day. 

Double trouble. 
They get so excited when we let them sit in the car next to each other and then we remember why we have to split them up. 
Every time. 

twinning with Daddy 

Five year olds playing baseball is the cutest and hardest thing ever to watch. 
It is the cutest train wreck you have ever seen. 

Always wanderlusting 

\Swim season started. 
If you need me you know where to find me.
Usually chasing the non swimmer around the pool. 

I love that they've been able to have so much one on one time this year while the big kids were in school.
It's so fun to watch their relationship grow. 
And Maddie's jumper. I need it in my size. 

Beware the tickle monster. 
Doing what we have to do to survive baseball games. 

We had the best time with friends in Big Sur (more detail post soon. hopefully)

Little man tripped and fell on the tile chin first. 
4.5 hours at the ER later he had 4 stitches. 

Our new backyard was overflowing with these morning cloak caterpillars.
It's been so fun to share them with friends and watch them turn into chrysalis' and wait for them to emerge as butterflies. 
Seriously, creation is the coolest. 
Thanks God for being such an awesome Creator. 

What have you guys been up to?